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Judicial Council has new hope for its familiar priorities

December 03, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council’s legislative priorities for 2019 look a lot like its goals in other recent years: more judges and more court funding. The big difference next year is a new governor and an unprecedented Democratic majority.

Judicial Profile: Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar

December 03, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In his nearly four years on the court, Cuéllar has indeed bolstered a new generation of Gov. Jerry Brown-appointed jurists — young, progressive, and joining the court without ever having sat on the bench before. An experienced scholar and policymaker and the court’s sole Latino, Cuéllar replaced retiring Justice Marvin Baxter, a conservative stalwart.

Opinion: A specialized bar for the California Supreme Court?

December 02, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In law, as in most things, California tends to run ahead of national trends. But there's one place we lag behind: the development of a specialized high court bar. Is this one area where Washington, D.C. is actually worthy of emulation?

Chief Justice’s chambers attorney gets promotion

November 29, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) “His intellect and insight will be immensely valuable as we address important issues facing our court, the legal profession, and the entire judicial branch,” Cantil-Sakauye said in a press release.

Physicians lack standing to sue over state assisted suicide law, court rules

November 29, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Justices of the 4th District Court of Appeal said Tuesday the five physicians who sought to block the End of Life Option Act — which allows terminally ill patients to get lethal drugs from their physicians if certain conditions are met — did not adequately allege standing in their initial complaint.

Chief Justice appoints new principal attorney

November 28, 2018 | At the Lectern
Gupta said in a statement, “I look forward to making this shift to the policy side and serving the Chief Justice and the judicial branch on a wide variety of important issues.”

Initiative spurs supplemental briefing order in employment case

November 28, 2018 | At the Lectern
California voters this month approved Proposition 11, an initiative that, as to ambulance workers, overturns the Supreme Court’s 2016 decision in Augustus v. ABM Security Services, Inc. Augustus interpreted a statute and a regulation as requiring uninterrupted rest breaks for employees.

Commentary: Why California pension changes are needed to avert financial crisis

November 28, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tribune
Created by a 1955 California Supreme Court decision, the so-called California Rule states that pension plan benefits existing at the time an employee is hired can never be reduced unless offset by a comparable new benefit, thereby erasing the savings. The court relied upon the Constitution’s contract clause, which bars government from impairing contracts.
Commentary: Why California pension promises should be kept

Commentary: Why California pension promises should be kept

November 28, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tribune
The benefit at issue in this case is only one of many reforms signed by Gov. Jerry Brown that, according to CalPERS, will reduce pension costs by over $80 billion. New employees had benefits reduced and pension abuses were curtailed.

Neil Gupta Appointed Principal Attorney to the Chief Justice

November 28, 2018 | California Courts Newsroom
“While I’ve enjoyed focusing on Supreme Court case issues over the past seven years, I look forward to making this shift to the policy side and serving the Chief Justice and the judicial branch on a wide variety of important issues,” Gupta said.

California law schools look to expand experiential courses

November 28, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The ABA’s new experiential learning requirement went into effect for the Class of 2019, mandating six credit hours of experiential courses, which could be a simulation course, a law clinic or a field placement. Prior to that, the ABA only required one professional skills course.
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